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Lao ministry to regulate petrol stations

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) -The authorities will no longer approve the construction of fuel depots and petrol stations close to communities, key government offices, temples, rivers or television and radio stations, according to a new ministerial decision. Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, on June 18 put into practice the newly amended ministerial […]

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‘Malnutrition costs 2.4% of annual Lao GDP’

High levels of childhood malnutrition present a staggering, yet avoidable, loss of human and economic potential for Laos, according to the World Bank. Nationally, stunting affects over one third of all Lao children under the age of five, the Bank said in a brief on its website titled “Multi-Sector Convergence Approach to Reducing Malnutrition in […]

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Laos launches e-visas to bolster tourist numbers

Laos is falling in line with other countries by allowing tourists to apply for a visa online, aiming to bolster the number of foreign visitors. Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith and representatives of other sectors involved on Tuesday pressed buttons to initiate the e-visa service at a special ceremony […]

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Laos: E-visas introduced to make life easier for tourists

Laos is falling in line with other countries by allowing tourists to apply for a visa online, aiming to bolster the number of foreign visitors. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith and representatives of other sectors involved yesterday pressed buttons to initiate the e-visa service at a special […]

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CLMVT: The new value chains

Three driving forces are shaping new forms of value chains, with implications for Southeast Asia. The first is the growth of the CLMVT — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand — region. The gap between advanced economies and emerging markets is closing, and our region is catching up very fast. But the concurrent rise in […]

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Laos’ Xieng Khuang vows to approve investment projects within two weeks

Xieng Khuang provincial authorities have announced plans to approve all investment project proposals within two weeks without any delays. Provincial governor Bounton Chanthaphone told Vientiane Times recently that the province’s investment committee will no longer delay any investment projects that annoy private enterprises and make them retreat from the province. “If companies really want to […]

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